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The Raiders Minimization 

Sheldon gets mad at Amy for ruining one of his favorite movies, Raj and Stuart try to make their online dating profiles more appealing, and Leonard tries to play the sympathy card with Penny.



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For her Psychology class, Penny has on the recommended reading list one of Leonard's mother's books. Leonard doesn't want Penny to read it, and all about his troubled childhood. Penny does whatever she can, including having sex, to help Leonard overcome his feelings about her reading the book. Although Leonard's depressed feeling about Penny reading the book and about his childhood are short lived, Leonard decides to continue the ruse to get favors out of Penny. Meanwhile, Amy is indulging Sheldon's latest want, that to watch one of his favorite movies with him, namely Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Although she does not intend to do so, Amy ends up ruining the movie for Sheldon by pointing out that the character of Indiana Jones really is incidental to the movie's outcome, i.e. that the outcome would have happened with or without Indy. Sheldon goes to great lengths to ruin one of Amy's favorite arts/entertainment titles for her, which isn't as easy as he would like. And Raj and ... Written by Huggo

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10 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Title Reference: The title refers to Amy pointing out an error in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" which ruins or minimizes the experience for Sheldon. See more »


Sheldon makes a comment to Amy about Laura eating a peanut butter sandwich on Little House on the Prairie. There had never been an episode where this happened. See more »


Leonard Hofstadter: [entering Penny's apartment] Hey I was just... what is happening?
Penny: [Penny dressed in a nightie] Oh, just a little treat. I know you've been feeling really bad about your Mom lately.
Leonard Hofstadter: Oh, oh, I have. So bad.
Penny: And I wanted to make you to feel better. So I planned something very special for you.
Leonard Hofstadter: I can already feel it working.
[he starts to drop his pants]
Beverly Hofstadter: [Penny turns her laptop around and there is Beverly Hofstadter] Hello, Leonard!
Leonard Hofstadter: [he hurriedly puts his pants back on] Mom?
Beverly Hofstadter: I understand you have been ...
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Perhaps I've read too much science fiction, but I can't help thinking that the way out of this protracted battle over universal health care is a good ol' Edgar Allan Poe/Michael Crichton-style plague. Who's going to bicker over access to medical care or insurance deductibles if one wet cough from a busboy kills all the rack o' lamb-eating small government advocates in the restaurant? Who's going to fight against pre-existing condition coverage when it becomes frighteningly clear that we are all, rich and poor, smart and stupid, cute and inbred, swimming in the exact same bacterial soup? I'm betting no one. Because when that day happens, helping a sick person get well will not be an act of mercy or generosity. It will be the very definition of selfishness. And if history has taught us anything, selfishness rocks the casbah. Of course, there is plenty of sci-fi literature that takes this story down an even darker path. It involves everyone with a wet cough getting rounded up at gunpoint and trucked into "rehabilitation camps" in North Dakota. A privileged young man, raised on rack o' lamb, sees their suffering and sacrifices himself in order to lead them to a free clinic in Canada. When things are looking particularly grim in their march out of viral bondage, a small government advocate smiles cruelly and says to the young man, "Where's your health insurance now, Moses?" See more »


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"The Raiders Minimization" was another very entertaining ep of "The Big Bang Theory"
13 October 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

On this recent ep of "The Big Bang Theory": Amy, by revealing how things in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark would have turned out the same whether Indiana Jones was involved or not, upsets Sheldon by saying that so he's now trying to find something to ruin of Amy's that she loves. Leonard doesn't like that Penny's reading a book of his mom's for class since it reveals Leonard's problems when growing up. And Raj and Stuart are trying to improve their profiles on the internet for dating chances. I'll stop there and just say this was another great ep of "The Big Bang Theory". Especially loved what happens with Leonard and Penny at the end. So on that note, I very much enjoyed "The Raiders Minization".

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